Literature Conference

Comicpalooza's Literature Conference educated and inspired. Published novelists, covering a variety of genres, shared their experiences with attendees. Writers, aspiring authors, and fans had the opportunity to participate in workshops, attend panels, gain exposure within the industry, discuss projects, and meet their favorite writer.

Types of Literature Events

The Literature Conference had approximately 60 hours of diverse offerings that included didactic discussions, read & critique sessions, writing workshops, author spotlights, and fan roundtables. Fun genre panels encompassed discussions on horror, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and much more. Comicpalooza’s Literature Conference provided a number of styles for listening, exploring, and discussing literature.

Author Lead Panels and Q&A
Do you want to ask where that brilliant idea came from or learn the process to uncover your creative genius? Do you have a lot of questions or simply want to sit and listen to professional authors who you admire? Attendees went to one of our many panels and had a seat while we discussed the wonderful worlds of literature.

Fan Roundtables
By fans, for fans, with fans! There was an opportunity to join your fellow readers for a rousing, interactive discussion including YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fan Fiction and Thrillers: good, bad and ugly.

Read and Critique Sessions
Are you an aspiring author? Do you want professional and peer critique of your work? Attendees brought their pages and joined us for daily interactive small-group critique sessions. There were set time limits to read aloud and receive feedback.

Character-building Springboard Writing Workshop
Drawing from popular television, movies, and books, this workshop explored how to create in-depth worlds in your novels and short fiction. Fans brought pieces they were working on, or started something new using exercises from the workshop.

Featured Literature Events

With so many panels to choose from, it could have been difficult to know where to start. Here’s what we offered throughout the weekend:

Featured Guest Q&As and unique discussions for avid readers included:

  • Open Mic Reading for All Genres

  • Timothy Zahn Introspective

  • Cory Doctorow Introspective

  • Wesley Chu & Sam Sykes Introspective

Ravenous readers enjoyed these entertaining panels:

  • The Storytelling of Game of Thrones

  • Writing Robots and AI

  • Evil-ution of Literary Horror

  • Blood! Gore! How to Write Heroic Fantasy

  • Cyberpunk Returns, but Did It Ever Really Go Away?

  • Magic Systems for Writers

  • Horror for the 21st Century: Film and Literature

  • Beyond Earthsea: Ursula K. Le Guin's Writing Legacy

  • Writing and Reading Mysteries and Thrillers

  • Setting the Hook, Screenwriting and Your First 10 Pages

  • Creature Horror: Why We Are Drawn To It, and How To Create Monsters

Aspiring writers, those that teach, write for fun or wanted to learn about the process took advantage of workshops and didactic offerings:

  • World-building for Short Stories, Novelettes, and Novellas

  • Help! I'm an introvert!: Networking and Marketing for Writers

  • Art & Writing Crossovers from Comics to Artist Collaborations

  • Stop Copycats: Protect Your Ideas

  • Idea to Publishing: Behind the Scenes with Indie Authors

  • Writing Powerful Women in Genre Fiction

  • Writing With/Against Your Gender/Orientation/Ethnicity/Identity

  • Copyrights and Conduct: The Legal Side of Conventions

  • Worldbuilding Tips and Tricks: How to Create Believable Worlds

  • Words Matter: Crafting the Perfect Sentence

  • How to Avoid Legal Potholes in Your Writing and Publishing

Kids enjoyed delving into discussions about:

  • The Storytelling of Star Wars

  • Pottermore: Harry Potter and Beyond Fantastic Beasts

  • Sci-fi Writers on the Next Gen of Star Trek

  • Speculative Poetry Deathmatch!